Volume 1, Edition 1
A Newsletter for Women’s Studies at Texas Christian University
spectrum: a broad range of varied but related ideas or objects; the individual features of which tend to overlap so as to form a continuous series or sequence
A Message From the Director Welcome to the inaugural issue of Spectrum: The Newsletter of TCU Women’s Studies. As Kaleigh Wyrick, WOST graduate assistant, and I discussed possible names suggested by faculty and students for this annual publication, we settled upon spectrum as a fitting descriptor for our program at TCU. Signifying “a broad range of varied but related ideas or objects; the individual features of which tend to overlap so as to form a continuous series or sequence” (Dictionary.com), the title highlights the interdisciplinary diversity of the Women’s Studies discipline and our own program at TCU as well as their continuities—gender, sexuality, identity, and intersectionality. This is an exciting time in the history of Women’s Studies at TCU. As we near our 20th anniversary year in 2014, we have seen recent dramatic growth in numbers of students (100% at the undergraduate and 140% at the graduate level) and faculty members taking part in the program; broad and enthusiastic support from campus entities including Admissions, Student
Inside This Issue
Graduating Students and Student News Student Spotlight: Lexy Cruz Events Sponsored by Women’s Studies Visiting Scholar: Elizabeth Engelhardt
Development Services, Inclusiveness and Intercultural Services, Athletics, Center for Community Involvement and Service-Learning, Kinomonda, Asian Studies, College of Education Center for Urban Education, Career Services, University Programs, the office of Graduate Studies and Research, and the Registrar’s Office; and developing relationships with community partners including AAUW, Fort Worth Public Library, SafeHaven, and the Institute for the Economic Empowerment of Women. The establishment of faculty committees with graduate student representation within the program—including Advisory, Curriculum, Recruitment and Promotion, and Events and Programming committees—resulted in the development of a new graduate student research award, refinement of course approval guidelines, and the planning of programs to nurture and engage our community and raise the visibility of the program and gendered issues on campus. (Those events are described in this newsletter.)
Faculty Accomplishments Jean Giles-Sims Tribute Awards Announcements Priscilla Tate Tribute Linda Hughes’s Important New Feminist Publication
The women and men who make up our students and faculty are drawn from six academic colleges and Brite Divinity School; we are truly an interdisciplinary and university-wide program. We graduated twelve minors, emphasis students, and graduate certificate-holders in 2012-13. Among them were Honors College graduates, Phi Beta Kappa initiates, departmental Senior Scholars, and campus leaders; they are moving on to graduate school, Teach for America, college-level teaching positions, and a range of other jobs. Students in the program completed Service Learning Projects and internships; researched and proposed Campus Action Projects; visited classes and (wo)manned tables at campus events to spread the word about the program; tweeted, posted to Facebook, and blogged about their Womenâ€™s Studies engagement; and enjoyed programming on topics ranging from womenâ€™s athletics to global education to Southern cooking. Faculty members have been similarly busy, and a number have garnered significant honors, including book prizes, research grants, and awards at the TCU, local, and national level for their teaching and service. Next year, we look ahead to even more diverse programming already in the works, including one special highlight: a visiting Green Chair, Professor Inderpal Grewal, Director of the Department of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Yale University. Her visit will take place October 17-18 and will incorporate a number of events and opportunities to meet with her, and her public lecture is scheduled for Thursday, October 17, at 5:00 p.m. Professor Grewal has published books on gender, travel, empire, and transnationalism and co-authored the textbook An
There are many people to thank for our successes this year: faculty members who taught WOST and WOST-approved classes and served on committees; students who volunteered to speak to other students, served on committees, and represented our program in their organizations, networks, and educational pursuits; staff across campus who helped this new director figure out how things work and opened up new possibilities for our program; and members of the larger Fort Worth community who have so enthusiastically embraced our mission and want to share in it. In addition to this large group of advocates and contributors, I want to single out two individuals for special thanks: Bonnie Melhart, Dean of University Programs and Associate Provost of Academic Affairs, whose staunch support of this program makes it all possible, and Kaleigh Wyrick, whose myriad contributions and unwavering enthusiasm and dedication to the program this year gave a boost to everything described above. We also have her to thank for this inaugural newsletter.
Dr. Theresa Gaul, Director
Introduction to Women's Studies: Gender in a Transnational World. Please mark your calendars now.
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Kaleigh Wyrick, Womenâ€™s Studies Graduate Assistant, Editor of Spectrum
Congratulations to our graduating students! Amanda Irvin graduated in August with a Ph.D. in English and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies. She is currently the Senior Faculty Developer for the TCU Koehler Center for Teaching Excellence, and in addition she plans to continue teaching courses in English and Women´s Studies. Kelly Cameron graduated in August with a Ph.D. in English and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies. She is currently a full-time lecturer in English at North Dakota State University teaching first-year and upper-level composition. Lexy Cruz graduated in December with a B.A. in Journalism and a minor in Women’s Studies. While at TCU, she was a resident assistant in the all-female residence hall, Colby Hall, and the Executive Editor of TCU 360. She has moved to Augusta, Georgia to be a producer for WRDW television station. Carolanne Appedole graduated in May with a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Women’s Studies. While at TCU, she served as the President of the TCU Anthropological Society for two years, was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and completed an undergraduate honors thesis through the department of Anthropology. Carolanne plans to pursue her interest in anthropology through future graduate school study. Elizabeth Howell graduated in May with a B.A. in Art History, minors in English and History, and an emphasis in Women's Studies. While at TCU, she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega and affiliated with the TCU Art Society on campus. She is staying in Fort Worth to work at the Milan Gallery downtown. Kourtney Kinsel graduated in May with a B.A. in English, a B.A. in Political Science, a minor in Spanish, and an emphasis in Women’s Studies. She has absolutely loved getting involved in the fantastic communities at TCU, and has been a leader of theCrew during all four years of her time on campus. In August, she will be moving to Storrs, Connecticut to begin working toward a Ph.D. in English. She hopes to become a professor of English and Women’s Studies, following in the footsteps of some of her Women’s Studies mentors. In addition, the English Department selected Kourtney as the Departmental Senior Scholar. Carly Lappin graduated in May with a B.A. in English and a minor in Women's Studies. In the past two years she has been an intern for Fort Worth, TX Magazine, the TCU Press, and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. Carly plans to continue her studies at the Marquette University School of Communications, with a focus on Journalism.
PHI BETA KAPPA Three Women’s Studies students have been inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa society: minor Carolanne Appedole (Anthropology), minor Elizabeth Wandersee (English), and emphasis Kourtney Kinsel (Political Science & English). Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest academic honor society, which celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Only about 10% of the nation's institutions of higher learning have chapters, and of these institutions only about 10% of the graduates in the arts and sciences are invited to become members (about 1/100 of college seniors nationwide). This is such an honor and reflects these students' intellectual integrity and inquiry, commitment to and interest in a broad range of academics, and creativity. We are so proud of you!
Carlita Marchitto graduated in May with a double degree in Sociology and Economics and an emphasis in Women’s Studies. She is an Honors College Laureate Candidate and enjoyed her time at TCU as a member of Gamma Phi Beta. In June, Carlita is moving to Boulder, Colorado. Martha Moseley graduated in May with a B.A. in English and a minor in Women's Studies. While at TCU, Martha interned with Learning2Balance, an organization devoted to body image issues. She also created two eating disorder recovery blogs: www.leavingperfectionlearninggrace.com and www.beyondblessed9.blogspot.com. She was recognized for both her blogs and eating disorder activism in many TCU publications. Martha will be residing in Fort Worth and pursuing a career in Wedding and Event Planning/Coordination at Belltower Chapel and Garden, the social enterprise of the Non-Profit AllChurch Home. Alexandra Spencer graduated in May with a BFA in Ballet and an emphasis in Women’s Studies. Her plan is to move to Seattle, attend the Strictly Seattle Festival during the summer, and establish herself there. Libby Wandersee graduated in May with a B.A. in English and a minor in Women's Studies and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa this year. She will be staying in Fort Worth to work as a retail manager while considering her “next step.” Mimi Woldeyohannes graduated in May with a B.S. in Political Science and minors in Business & Women’s Studies. While at TCU, she was the Executive Director of the TCU V-day Campaign, Orientation Student Assistant, Leadership for Life Director, and a devastating diva of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc! Next fall, she will be moving to San Antonio, Texas to work for Teach for America Corps.
Other Student News Three WOST minors and emphasis students presented the results of their Honors Thesis work during Honors Week, April 15-19: o Carlita Marchitto (Economics): Gendered Consumption and Occupational Mobility o o Kourtney Kinsel (English): The Discourse of Being “Tamed”: Echoes of the Taming of the Shrew o from Ancient Greece to Modern America o o Carolanne Appedole (Anthropology): African American Women and HIV/AIDS o o Three students took internship positions as part of their Women’s Studies curriculum: o Shannon Sweeney worked with the Institute for the Economic Empowerment of Women. o Carly Lappin worked with The National Cowgirl Museum. o Martha Moseley worked as the personal assistant to Life Balance Strategist Lori Hanson of o Learn2Balance.
Star Leader in Women’s Studies: Lexy Cruz We are very proud to highlight Lexy Cruz as a stellar student in Women’s Studies. Lexy graduated in December with a B.A. in Journalism and a minor in Women’s Studies. While at TCU, she was a resident assistant in the all-female residence hall, Colby Hall, and the Executive Editor of TCU 360. She moved to Augusta, Georgia to be a producer for WRDW television station. She was also a key facilitator during the guest visit by Gwen Ifill on Wednesday November 28, 2012, which was co-sponsored by the Schieffer School of Journalism and KERA-TV. Here is her description of that experience in her own words:
When Gwen Ifill stepped into the BLUU Auditorium, you could tell she’d done this type of thing before. Just watching her graciously interact with everyone was empowering. She took command of the room without even trying. Mrs. Ifill and I sat in the back of the auditorium before the symposium began and she said “Okay, Lexy. Sit down. Let me give you career advice.” So, immediately, I sat down and was all ears. She visited many colleges and universities and said she spoke with plenty of journalism students who wanted to become what she has become. Before the symposium began, I was very excited when I felt a buzz on my phone alerting me that Gwen Ifill just tweeted me. After speaking in private backstage and talking with her in front of an audience, I truly understood those students’ dreams to be someone like her. I would love to be a respected, female journalist who doesn’t take no for an answer when seeking the truth and with her and TCU’s guidance, I’m on my way.
Photo courtesy Taylor Prater, TCU360 Article at http://www.tcu360.com/campus/2012/11/16577.pbs-anchor-gwen-ifill-shares-stories-journalism-career
Events Sponsored by Women’s Studies On April 27, we celebrated the return of the Garden Party, during which we announced the winners of the Wise Woman Award, the Priscilla Tate Prize for Research and Creative Work on Women and Gender, and the Graduate Research Award. We also used this event as an opportunity to celebrate the many contributions of Dr. Jean Giles-Sims, a founding member of the TCU Women’s Studies program, as she finished her final year at TCU and announced the renaming of the Wise Woman Award to the Jean Giles-Sims Wise Woman Award in her honor.
Jacqueline Bolt, Dr. Priscilla Tate, Kourtney Kinsel Honorable Mention and Winner of the Priscilla Tate award
Dr. Claudia Camp with Sarah McNeely, Graduate Award winner
Dr. Ariane Balizet, Dr. Carrie Leverenz Wise Woman Award Winners
On April 26 we held a Women’s Studies Showcase to celebrate the work of the students enrolled in the spring semester WOST-designated courses, during which they shared the results of their internships, service learning, campus action, and research projects.
Student presenters from WOST 20003
Martha Moseley, Carolanne Appedole, Carly Lappin Women’s Studies Minors
Elizabeth Howell WOST 49003
Dr. Angela Thompson and Dr. Jeannine Gailey (Sociology), Dr. Lisa Vanderlinden (Anthropology)
On April 22, Women’s Studies, in collaboration with Asian Studies, College of Education Center for Urban Education, and Kinomonda, hosted a screening of the documentary Girl Rising and a panel discussion. This film tells the stories of nine girls from nine countries who find their own ways to challenge the obstacles in their way of education, safety, and freedom. The website is http://girlrising.com/ Thanks go to Dr. Bonnie Blackwell for taking the initiative to put this event together. Read a TCU360 article of the event here.
Rachel Russell, WOST minor, enjoying the buffet
On April 8, Women’s Studies hosted a visiting scholar, Elizabeth Engelhardt of UT-Austin, to come for a special luncheon and to give a talk entitled “Writing the Mess of Greens Together: Collaboration, Community, and Southern Food.” (see page 7 for more details)
Dr. Carrie Currier (Political Science) and Dr. Rima Abunasser (English) speak as panel members
During March, Women’s Studies was a sponsoring partner of the Fort Worth Public Library’s celebration of Women’s History Month. TCU Assistant Athletic Trainer Valerie Tinklepaugh-Hairston gave a presentation “Science and Technology in Women’s Collegiate Sports” addressing the impact of science and technology on athletes’ training and performance.
Students and faculty volunteered after receiving an invitation to assist at the Planned Parenthood luncheon on Feb. 1, which featured Gloria Steinem as the main speaker: Larisa Asaeli, Dr. Bonnie Blackwell, Jenson Branscombe, Dr. Jeannine Gailey, Carly Lappin, Alexis Lohse, Sarah McNeely, Sarah Pike, Jay Jay Stroup, Carrie Tippen, Amy Tuttle, and Kaleigh Wyrick.
Carly Lappin, Alexis Lohse, Gloria Steinem, Shannon Sweeney, Dr. Jeannine Gailey
Libby Wandersee and Carolanne Appedole at the Phi Beta Kappa induction ceremony
We had four movie screenings during the semester’s Spotlight on Women Film Series:
Iron-Jawed Angels (2004) – Jan 25 Standing on my Sisters’ Shoulders (2002) – Feb 12 Real Women Have Curves (2002) – Feb 27 The Shape of Water (2006) – Mar 18
On September 19, Women’s Studies co-sponsored a panel discussion with the local chapter of AAUW on the 40th anniversary of Title IX. TCU Olympian Sarah Scherer spoke about her experiences as a female athlete in London; Dr. Bob Frye, emeritus Professor of English spoke about his coaching of the first women’s basketball team; and Dr. Stephanie Jevas, Director of the Athletic Training Program, discussed women’s entry into sports-related fields.
Dr. Bob Frye, Cecil and Ida Green Distinguished Emeritus Tutor and TCU’s first women’s basketball coach; Dr. Stephanie Jevas, Director of the TCU Athletic Training Program; TCU Olympic athlete Sarah Scherer; and Theresa Gaul
TCU Olympic athlete Sarah Scherer; Dr. Stephanie Jevas; Dr. Bob Frye
Visiting Scholar: Elizabeth Engelhardt On Monday, April 8, Women’s Studies hosted a visiting scholar from UT-Austin, Elizabeth Engelhardt, to spend the day sharing her experiences with Women’s Studies programs and her research on gender, food, and foodways across the US South. Her talk entitled “Writing the Mess of Greens Together: Collaboration, Community, and Southern Food” was well attended by faculty, students, and community members. She discussed in particular “Cookbook Novels” from the late 19th to the early 20th century, though she hopes to develop a term that more exactly evokes the concept she has in mind. This type of narrative is one that contains within the plot and dialogue the detailed elaboration of a recipe or recipes, as opposed to a standalone recipe set apart from the story. Focusing mainly on “Aunt Sanna Terry” by Landon R. Dashiell (1920), Engelhardt showed how this type of story engaged race, gender, food, and foodways in social commentary on issues like abolition, women working and money, technology, and public opinion. Before this talk, Women’s Studies faculty and students had the opportunity to meet Engelhardt and ask her questions about Women’s Studies programs during an informal luncheon. It was a full room while Engelhardt addressed such topics as promoting Women’s Studies to high-schoolers and university alumni, drawing on the resources of the constituent disciplines rather than competing, and being flexible with program requirements so that students past their first or second year can still conceivably enroll and complete on time. After the luncheon, Engelhardt also visited Dr. Theresa Gaul’s graduate English course, “American Non-Fiction Prose:
Letters and Letter-Writing in U.S. Literature and Culture, 1790-1860,” during which she discussed her experience with archives in her research into food as part of (women’s) culture. The discussion included the curious phenomenon of girls’ tomato clubs in early 20th century America and the laborious effort that goes into preparing “beaten biscuits,” popular in the South in the 19th century. The day ended with a dinner outing to The Woodshed Smokehouse with a small group of faculty and students. A distinguished alumna of the doctoral program in the department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Emory University, Engelhardt is currently chair of the American Studies Department at UT-Austin and an affiliate faculty member in the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies.
This day would not have happened without the initiative and efforts of Dr. Sarah Robbins and English graduate student Carrie Tippen. Thanks also go to Lynn Herrera, English Administrative Assistant, for helping with all of the publicity.
By Kaleigh Wyrick
Faculty Accomplishments and News Grants Paulette Burns (Nursing), Moncrief Cancer Foundation Dennis Cheek (Nursing), TCU-IS (TCU Invests in Scholarship), “The use of eNOS expression from isolated endothelial cells for the detection of cardiovascular disease risk and the determination of the effects of exercise on endothelial cell function” Catherine Coleman (Strategic Communications), Research & Creative Activity Fund (RCAF), “Gender Representations in Advertising: A Global Ethical Inquiry” Lyn Dart (Nutritional Sciences), Instructional Development Grant, “The effect of a high-protein compared to a high-monounsaturated fat meal on postprandial glucagon-like peptide 1, insulin, c-peptide, glucose, and glucagon responses in patients with type-2 diabetes”; United Way of Tarrant County – Healthy Aging and Independent Living (HAIL) Grant, “Diabetes Screening and Intervention”; Donald W. Reynolds Foundation for the NEXT STEPS II program, “Reynolds Interprofessional Geriatrics Education and Training in Texas (IGET-IT) Program” Jeannine Gailey (Sociology), TCU-IS-supplemental, “The Burden of ‘Fat’: The Obesity Epidemic and Women’s Health, Body Image, and Relationships” Charlotte Hogg (English), RCAF and an AddRan Mid-Career Summer Research Program Grant, “Sorority Rhetorics: Constructing Values, Identity, and Sisterhood” Fran Huckaby (Education), TCU-IS-supplemental, “Power and Vulnerability: Parrhesia, Education, and the 21st Century” Linda Hughes and Sarah Robbins (English) won an AddRan Creativity and Innovation in Learning Grant for “Phase Two – Creatively Digitizing the Transatlantic,” and an Instructional Development Grant for “Digitizing and Globalizing the Teaching of Transatlantic Culture” Max Krochmal (History), AddRan Grant Submission Incentive Program, “Texas Communities Oral History Program (TX-COHP),” and the Summerlee Fellowship in Texas History at the Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University (SMU), spending the year-in-residence completing his book manuscript, Democratic Coalitions: African Americans, Mexican Americans, Labor,
and the Fight for Civil Rights in Texas, 1935-1975
Jacqueline Lambiase (Communications) and Stacy Landreth (Marketing), TCU-ISsupplemental, “Smart Cities, Big Data: New Media, Public Relations, and Marketing Research for Connecting Urban Communities” Nina Martin (Classical & Contemporary Dance), TCU-IS-supplemental, “Digital Dance Nexus: Inquiry Into ‘New Media’ Application to Dance Performance” Mona Narain (English), RCAF, “18th-Century English Representations of Indians and English Translations of Indian Travel Narratives,” and an NEH Summer Stipend (Senior Scholar category) for her book project Dialogues of the East and the West: Cross-Cultural Encounters in Indian Narratives and
British Fiction 1750-1840
Debbie Rhea (Kinesiology), TCU-IS-supplemental, “Exploration of the Finland K-12 Schools: Developing a Model for Educational Transformation in Texas” Sarah Robbins (English), TCU-IS, “Hull-House's Learning Legacy: Chapter and Related Multimedia Materials for a Book Project”
Lisa Vanderlinden (Anthropology), AddRan Mid-Career Summer Research Program, “Mercury Rising: The Cultural Politics and Lived Experiences of 9/11 Illness”
Promotions Elizabeth Flowers (Religion) and John Harris Jr. (Philosophy) have received tenure and been promoted to Associate Professor. Theresa Strouth Gaul (English) and Joanne Green (Political Science) have been promoted to full Professor. Jean Giles-Sims (Sociology) has been recommended to Emeritus status effective upon her retirement. (see the full article from TCU This Week) Special Notice Nina Martin (Dance), completed the requirements for her Ph.D. in Dance from Texas Woman’s University on May 8, 2013. Her dissertation topic is “Emergent Choreography: Spontaneous Ensemble Composition in Improvised Performance.” After many years as an independent artist, she started her undergraduate in 2003, finished in 2006, went straight into a Ph.D. program (receiving her MFA along the way), and now 10 years later has earned her Ph.D. Martin expresses special thanks go to her sister Mary Martin Patton for being a huge support.
Research and Scholarship Babette Bohn (Art History) co-curated an exhibition on the Italian painter Federico Barocci that recently closed at the St. Louis Art Museum (21 Oct. 2012 to 20 Jan. 2013) and then moved to the National Gallery, London (27 Feb. to 19 May 2013). A monographic exhibition of some 150 paintings, drawings, and prints from around the world, the Barocci exhibition is accompanied by a scholarly catalogue, co-authored by Dr. Bohn and Dr. Judith Mann of the St. Louis Art Museum, which was published by Yale University Press. Jeannine Gailey (Sociology) Was the focus of the article “Big Love” in the Spring 2013 edition of Endeavors, page 22, showcasing her research of body image and sexual satisfaction, and her paper “Fat Shame to Fat Pride: Fat Women’s Sexual and Dating Experiences” published in Fat Studies 1.1 (2012): 114-27. Theresa Gaul (English) gave the 2013 AddRan Distinguished Faculty Lectureship on her research in the recovery of the life and writings of Cherokee woman Catharine Brown and her upcoming book, Cherokee Sister: The Collected Writings of Catharine Brown. Read an article from TCU360 here. Sarah Robbins (English) was the focus of the article “Building bridges for international women faculty” in the Spring 2013 edition of Endeavors, page 22, showcasing her research and editorial work for the collection of essays published in Bridging Cultures: International Women Faculty Transforming the U.S. Academy. University Press of America, 2011.
Awards Theresa Gaul (English) received the Deans´ Award for Teaching at the December 2012 Commencement. Charlotte Hogg (English) was a finalist for the Deans´ Award for Research and Creativity. Lisa Vanderlinden (History) was a finalist for the Deans’ Award for Teaching.
Dr. Vanderlinden, Dr. Gaul, Dr. Hogg Linda Hughes, Addie Levy Professor of English, has been selected as the 2012 winner of the Eighteenthand Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers Association Award for Contributions to the Study of British Women Writers. This award is given to eminent scholars whose work is internationally recognized as pioneering and integral to the study of women writers, whose work has influenced more than one generation of scholars and most importantly, to scholars who provide mentorship to not just their own graduate students but also generously mentor many junior scholars in the field. (see the Spring 2013 edition of Endeavors, page 7, “Of Note”) Laura Prestwood, past Director of Women’s Studies and current chair of the Department of Design, Merchandising, & Textiles Travel Programs, is a 2012 Honoree for a Legacy of Women Award, which recognizes women who excel in the Arts, Business, Education, Health & Human Services and Volunteerism. Dr. Prestwood is a finalist in the area of Education. The award was presented at the SafeHaven Legacy of Women Awards Luncheon on October 11, 2012 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Rebecca Sharpless (History) won the Bennett H. Wall Award for best book on Southern economic or business history from the Southern Historical Association for Cooking in Other Women´s Kitchens: Domestic Workers in the South, 1865-1960 (published in 2010 by the University of North Carolina Press). Cecilia Silva (Education) won the prestigious Exemplary Culturally Responsive Teacher Preparation Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) and the Southern Poverty Law Center. (see the Spring 2013 edition of Endeavors, page 7, “Of Note”) Karen Steele (English), past director of Women’s Studies, was awarded the 2012 AddRan College of Liberal Arts Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Teacher-Scholar. Dr. Bonnie Melhart, Dean of University Programs, and Michael Marshall, chancellor’s intern, attending the Women’s Studies Showcase
A Tribute to Jean Giles-Sims on her Retirement By Priscilla Tate
Dr. Jean Giles-Sims joined the TCU community in 1979 as Assistant Professor of Sociology. She carried out every responsibility expected of a TCU professor—teaching, advising, mentoring, publication, promotion to full Professor, and serving as a good citizen of the university community. But for students and faculty associated with the Women’s Studies program, her legacy goes beyond the expected. She arrived—with experience, training, and interest in Women’s Studies as a discipline and women’s issues as a passion—and joined a campus community without a program and without a sufficient critical mass of female faculty to provide focus on women’s issues. She immediately began to work toward changing that environment. The changes began probably without public notice in the courses, like “Marriage and Family,” that she offered to generations of students. Here she could begin to help students—female and male—to begin to think of gender issues in relation to experiences familiar in their daily lives. Over the years, she joined—or led—every conversation at TCU about women’s issues: about child care on campus, about maternity leave, about the need for a program in Women’s Studies. And finally the time was right: when then Dean Mike McCracken asked the question, “Do we want a program in Women’s Studies?” the answer was a resounding “Yes!” Her voice was heard and heeded during the months of discussion, organizing, developing courses, and finally moving the proposal through the university process of approval. In the fall of 1994 she co-taught the first course (“Introduction to Women’s Studies”) in the recently approved minor, and became the first Director of the Women’s Studies Program, a position that she held for 6 years. And so her indelible mark is left on the community in which she lived and taught—a thriving minor (and now emphasis!) in Women’s Studies and all of the attendant programs and services which she hoped to see implemented. Women students and the campus owe her a great debt of thanks for her mentoring, for her speaking up and out for women at every stage along the way, for her teaching and challenging generations of students, for her ways of embodying what being a woman—in its fullest sense—can look like, and thus offering young women at TCU different ways of looking at the world. Those participating in the Women’s Studies Program wish her well as she moves into another stage of her life. We thank her publicly for what she left for us and for the challenges we will hear echoing through the years, and we have renamed the “Jean Giles-Sims Wise Woman Award” in her honor. Jean Giles-Sims at the 2011 Honors Banquet
This Year’s Awards The following awards were announced at the Women’s Studies Garden Party on Saturday April 27. It was a beautiful afternoon hosted by our director Theresa Gaul at her lovely home, which gave the perfect atmosphere of relaxation, comfort, and festivity. This year, in honor of Dr. Jean Giles-Sims, a founder and the first director of the TCU Women’s Studies program, the Wise Woman Award has been renamed the Jean Giles-Sims Wise Woman Award to celebrate her many contributions to the program. Dr. Giles-Sims retires this year, but she will always be known and appreciated as an important figure in the history of Women’s Studies at TCU. Congratulations to Ariane Balizet and Carrie Leverenz, recipients of this year’s Jean Giles-Sims Wise Woman Award . This award, based on student nominations and voting, is presented to the faculty member who best exemplifies the principles of Women’s Studies and helps to further the interests of women at TCU through contributions both inside and outside of the classroom. Both Balizet and Leverenz are faculty in the English department in the AddRan College of Liberal Arts. Balizet, a Renaissance and Shakespeare scholar, was singled out by students as “the embodiment of wisdom and female strength” and for being “very adept to what it means to engage as a female with literature and history.” Leverenz, a composition and rhetoric scholar, was praised for being “a wonderful professor and mentor” and for effectively providing “an increased awareness not only of women’s contributions to writing and rhetoric in general, but also a better understanding of why we should pay attention to women’s rhetorics in the first place.” They follow last year’s Wise Woman, Dr. Betsy Flowers, Assistant Professor of Religion. All three winners will share their expertise in pedagogy and mentoring with the TCU Women’s Studies community in the fall semester.
Dr. Ariane Balizet, Dr. Betsy Flowers, Dr. Carrie Leverenz
Congratulations to Sarah McNeely, first recipient of the new Graduate Research Award . This award recognizes excellence in graduate research, and its prize of $500 is meant to support scholarship on women and gender. For Sarah, it will help fund her travel to a major international conference archives related to her dissertation project and future research on 19th century women and mobility. In her dissertation, Sarah’s argument shows that the mobile woman in Victorian fiction is a complex figure who is subject to rules that have high social stakes. Next year, Sarah will give a presentation on her research. Congratulations to this year’s winner of the undergraduate Priscilla Tate Prize for Research and Creative Work on Women and Gender, Kourtney Kinsel. This prize goes to a research or creative work, including papers, images, and multi-media projects, judged on its quality and capacity to deepen understanding of women’s studies. The Awards Committee was deeply impressed by the sophistication of Kourtney’s paper, “Reflectivity and the Nature of Power in John Fletcher’s A Woman's Prize; or, the Tamer Tamed,” an excerpt from her honors thesis, which complicates a prevailing feminist interpretation of Fletcher’s Renaissance play. Kinsel uses recent feminist theory to argue for a more nuanced exploration of feminine forms of power and the ways in which female characters derive power and agency. An Honorable Mention also goes to Jacqueline Bolt for her paper “A Shared Argument for a Shared Sphere,” which provided a transatlantic study of gender and genre in the long 18th century. Comparing critiques about female education in the British periodical The Spectator with the American novel The Coquette, Jacqueline provides insight into the first-wave feminist debate over gendered education and the separation of spheres.
Dr. Claudia Camp presents the Graduate Award
A major thank you goes to the Awards Committee, Claudia Camp (chair), Karen Steele, Betsy Flowers, and Ariane Balizet, and Callie Kostelich (graduate student representative), for collaborating together to discuss and evaluate submissions. Kaleigh Wyrick and Dr. Gaul
Priscilla Tate: The Woman Behind the Award By Linda Hughes
By Linda H
Anyone who is lucky enough to know Dr. Priscilla Tate or who worked with her during her twenty-eight years at TCU knows exactly why the Priscilla Tate Prize for Research and Creative Work on Women and Gender is named after her. As her late husband (himself a distinguished scholar of rhetoric and composition) said of her in a September 2008 interview, “She became a legend.” Soft-spoken and self-effacing, she might at first strike a new acquaintance as extremely polite, even demure. But note too the unusual pins or necklaces she is likely to wear on a given day: these are hints of the inward force, originality, and courage that define Priscilla Tate. She first came to TCU as an undergraduate student, the sole member of her family to leave her native San Antonio to seek her university education. When asked what enabled her to strike out on her own with little or no encouragement, she replies that she simply knew that she wanted a broader outlook and experience of the world than what she had grown up with. She arrived at TCU not knowing a soul—and then made the experience her own. From start to finish she found the world opened to her by TCU and its professors (including the renowned Lorraine Sherley, a Shakespeare specialist) a joyous revelation. Dr. Tate rapidly completed the M.A. in English at TCU—at age 20!—then taught at Austin College for two years before moving back to Fort Worth and teaching in the Fort Worth public school system for 6 years. Along the way she also gave birth to her daughter Christie and son Brian. Then, after North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas, Denton) founded a Ph.D. program in English, she furthered her education once more, now as a commuting mother. She later calculated that she drove 60,000 miles between Fort Worth and Denton to complete her Ph.D., which she completed in 1971 with a dissertation on Romantic poet John Keats. Dr. Tate had already distinguished herself at a time when few women would or could have opted for such a grueling and ambitious undertaking. She was then hired in the English Department at TCU—and immediately observed a gender inequity: whereas men in the department who held Ph.D.s taught three courses a semester, she was asked to teach four. Twelve years later, the picture had changed: now she was Associate Dean of AddRan College at TCU, a position she held for sixteen years and used to help benefit faculty and students alike. She was a trailblazer in securing university approval for the Women’s Studies Program and served as the first faculty sponsor for Triangle, as the student organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered students and their allies was then named. She once remarked that being asked to serve as the faculty sponsor was one of the greatest honors of her life. Following her retirement in 1999, women faculty and staff raised funding to endow a scholarship named after her, and in 2008 the WOST undergraduate research award was founded and named in her honor. As Women’s Studies faculty stated in letters to potential underwriters of the prize, “As Associate Dean, as sponsor of the Women’s Studies minor, and as a prominent proponent of inclusiveness and diversity, Priscilla Tate enhanced the integrity of TCU’s academic and public mission.” She is a role model for us all.
Linda Hughes’ Important New Feminist Publication Just recently, Linda Hughes learned that her nearly 10-year collaborative project with Sharon Harris has finally been published by the eminent Cambridge University Press: an anthology of feminist writing in a 4volume set, A Feminist Reader, which Hughes describes as “a transhistorical, transnational, transgeneric compilation of feminist thought.” This collection of feminist writings from ancient Greece to present day aims, according to Hughes, to “correct the impression that feminism is a purely modern phenomenon by looking at it in its historical aspect” and “to showcase the array of feminist writing.” Such an array (which includes poems, letters, manifestas, and essays) is critical because it gives “a more accurate picture of feminism” and “pays greater tribute to the different ways that feminists can actually articulate their feminist positions.” That is one of the main messages these editors stress all the way through, that “there isn’t just one feminism, there are many feminisms.” The project started when Hughes and Harris started talking back in 2003 (when Harris was at TCU as a Lorraine Sherley Professor of Literature) about their shared interest in the recovery of women writers. Harris had done an anthology of women historians’ writings, and they thought it would be interesting to do something similar for feminist writings, a kind of updated version of Alice Rossi’s 1973 The Feminist Papers: From Adams to Beauvoir, which they had both read as young women and which provided a helpful survey of feminist thought. Deciding on the table of contents was the first major step. It required a lot of looking at other bibliographies and fast reading through potential primary sources (as well as suggestions from colleagues, including other Women’s Studies faculty at TCU) before becoming the final product that starts with Sappho and ends with twenty-first century graphic novelist Marjane Strapi. The collaborative spirit of feminism and women’s studies played out during this project: Hughes, a British literature scholar, and Harris, an
Americanist, invested in bringing together a wide variety of voices. It required much dialogue and shared intensive efforts in editing and decision-making. As Hughes put it, “intrapersonal relationships”— resisting the idea that individuals are “bounded and impermeable”—really played a big role, implementing the value women’s studies places on “interactive, intersecting identities, sharing, and group projects towards a larger end.” Part of that larger end is recovery, what Hughes describes as “going back to get the voices that might have been lost.” Recovering the “deep roots” of feminism is an important project because it exposes the true “diversity, and the plurality, and the multiplicity” that has always existed. It corrects the idea that feminism is a “mushroom”—that it just appeared overnight. Recognizing this historical dimension “attunes and sensitizes you to intersectionality,” making connections, and seeing the unevenness of feminist development across time and in different countries and cultures. It is “intrinsic to the idea of looking at what a rich, dynamic tradition feminism is.” At the same time, this collection “just touches the surface” of that diversity. Hughes hopes that “it can fuel new lenses on what feminist thought is and what feminism is.” It is meant to be used “in all kinds of courses” and “in many different directions,” either for the overview arc or for emphasizing a specific aspect— including the humanities, religion, composition, and rhetorical analysis. It is designed to be interdisciplinary and to help with comparative work regarding genre, history, and culture. And of course, she hopes that people “use it in brand new ways that we hadn’t anticipated” and “in ways I hope that I can’t imagine.” TCU funding for this project came from a $4,000 TCU Research and Creative Activity award for 2008-09, supplemented by the Addie Levy Professorship fund and assistance from the English Department and AddRan College. University of Connecticut funding included an award from the faculty research fund, the Women's Studies Program, the English Department, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Linda K. Hughes is Addie Levy Professor of Literature at Texas Christian University and Sharon M. Harris is Professor of English and Director of the Humanities Institute at the University of Connecticut.
By Kaleigh Wyrick
Students Engaging in Women’s Studies
Students in the Spring WOST 20003 class “Introduction to Sex, Gender, and the Disciplines” Students presenting at the Women’s Studies Showcase